Root Canal treatment Brisbane City
Save a tooth with root canal therapy
A root canal treatment is a dental procedure where the infected pulp inside a tooth is replaced with a filling. The pulp in the tooth is made up of specialised dental cells, blood vessels, tissue fibres and nerve fibres. When this pulp is inflamed or infected you may notice a throbbing feeling, sensitivity to hot or cold food and beverages, or inflamed gums and swelling.
If left untreated, it can cause complications such as spreading the infection into the surrounding bone, bone loss in the jaw or the tooth may have to be removed.
How does a tooth become infected?
There a number of causes that may lead to infection, including deep tooth decay, repeated dental procedures on one tooth and traumatic damages such as a crack, chip or a root fracture.
Is a root canal procedure painful?
The process of a root canal treatment is often actually painless. As the nerve in the tooth has gone, it can be compared to having your fingernails trimmed or hair cut — there are no nerve fibres left to feel pain. Often at Bite Dental Studios in Brisbane, our patients will fall asleep while we do our root canal treatments.
How is a root canal treatment performed?
As you would expect from Bite Dental, we only use the best materials available in our treatments. We use our root canal instruments once before disposal to prevent the risk of them snapping in your tooth and we do our root canal treatments over two appointments as this achieves a better success rate.
To give you an idea of how your root canal treatment will unfold:
- The procedure is usually performed using a local anaesthetic.
- We remove the decayed portions of the tooth and any affected filling.
- The infected pulp is extracted.
- The root canal will be thoroughly cleaned to remove any bacteria.
- The tooth is then flushed with disinfectants and dried.
- Once we can see it is completely infection free, the root canal will be filled.
What do I need to know post-treatment?
You may feel some tenderness in your mouth and jaw a few days after your treatment, which is normal. We suggest you don’t eat anything until the numbness in your mouth wears off and be sure to brush and floss your teeth as you normally would. If you start to develop a visible swelling inside or outside of your mouth or the tenderness isn’t going away after a few days, please get in touch with us straight away.
Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms?
- Unprovoked pain or discomfort
- Sensitivity to hot or cold food and beverages
- Pain when you chew food
- Swollen gums
- Facial swelling near your jaw
- Loosening of a tooth
At Bite Dental Studios in Brisbane, these procedures are very common and completed successfully every day. If you live in Brisbane or work in the Brisbane CBD and are experiencing tooth pain, whether you think you need a root canal treatment or not, it's time to make an appointment.
By taking action immediately and assessing the area that's causing you discomfort, you can often avoid more serious and potentially painful issues in the future.
Is root canal treatment expensive?
As with all medical and dental procedures, prevention is less expensive than cure. With root canals there are many factors involved with the cost — from re-using the instruments which clean out the tooth, to completing the treatment in 'one visit' to cut down clinical time. It is very hard to give an accurate costing over the phone as even the number of canals inside each tooth can vary.
The best way is to make an appointment so that we can take a look and give you a more accurate quote of what fees would be expected to ensure you have a successful outcome if you require root canal treatment.
Frequently asked questions
What are some of the signs that I might need root canal treatment?
If you are experiencing any tooth pain or discomfort; sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks; pain when you chew or bite down; swollen gums; facial swelling near the jaw; or a loosening of a tooth, it's a good idea to come in and see us. Even if you have some of these symptoms, it doesn't necessarily mean that you need a root canal procedure, but we can provide you with the treatment you need.
How long does it take to have a root canal treatment done?
We actually perform our root canal treatments over two separate appointments, as this helps us to achieve a better success rate. We'll begin by removing any decayed areas of the tooth and the nerve. The root canal is then thoroughly cleaned and flushed out with a disinfectant. Only when the area is completely free from infection will we fill the root canal.
Will I feel any pain after a root canal treatment?
It is likely that you will feel some sensitivity and tenderness in your mouth and jaw for a few days following root canal therapy. This is completely normal and will resolve itself in time. Try to stick to liquids and soft foods whilst your mouth recovers. If you begin to notice swelling inside your mouth, or if the pain and discomfort doesn't subside within a few days, get in touch with us for follow-up treatment.